We've been with an in-home daycare provider since my first DD was born (started at 12 weeks). We LOVE her, she is like a part of the family. I think she takes great care of my girls. My concern is that in my state, licensed in-home providers can take 6 kids full-time. They can also take an additional 4 school-age kids for after-school/summer hours. So summer is starting and in additon to the six toddlers/babies she has, she also has 4 school-age kids. So, ten kids. I think this is just too many. In past summers, she's had her teenage daughter helping, but this summer, her daughter has a full-tme nanny job.
I am not sure what to do. She is within her rights to take these kids, but it just seems like too much to handle for one person. She is great and capable but even the msot focused adult can't watch 10 kids at once.
I could talk to her, but what could I really say beyond sharing my cocerns? I could move the girls, but I would lose my spot and lose this wonderful daycare provider. On the MM side, she is very reasonably priced and a center would be much more and take a hit on our budget.
So...I'm feeling stuck. One other thing - she has an above ground pool. I plan to tell her that my girls are not allowed in the pool b/c I really do NOT feel safe with that, how could she watch 10 kids in a pool?
Thanks for any advice.